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New York Yankees Will not Offer Contract to Hiroki Kuroda

December 27th, 2011 at 5:30 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

Contrary to earlier reports, the New York Yankees will not try to sign free agent pitcher Hiroki Kurodareports Wallace Matthews of ESPN.

The Yankees have been showing interest in Kuroda, but that was most likely to drive up his price tag for other bidders. One specific team interested in Kuroda is the division-rival Boston Red Sox, who the Yankees have been known to battle with in the past for free agents. 

The Yankees have a need for starting pitchers and like Kuroda more than the rest of the available free agent pitchers, but were just given a $13.9 million luxury tax bill on Thursday, so they don't have enough money to spend on the veteran starter. Kuroda's asking price is believed to be close to $12 million per year. 

Kuroda was 13-16 with a career-best 3.07 ERA last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, he will be turning 37 years old in February. 

Instead of pursuing high-priced free agents like Kuroda, the Yankees will most likely turn their attention to cheaper veterans that can compete for roster spots in spring training. Last season, New York brought in Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, and Mark Prior rather than signing an expensive starter. Garcia and Colon both contributed in big ways, helping the Yankees finish with the best record in the American League. 

Garcia resigned with the Yankees earlier this offseason and will be competing for a spot in the starting rotation once again this spring. 

Tags: Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Hiroki Kuroda, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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